Manager fully prepared to tackle Southampton
CITY Manager Chris Hughton will not be underestimating Barclays Premier League new boys Southampton when the two sides meet at St Mary’s on Wednesday night.
The Canaries go into the match on the back of seven games without defeat after Sebasiten Bassong’s last-gasp equaliser away at Everton on Saturday, but Nigel Adkins' Saints are also in fine form – Sunday’s win over Newcastle lifting them out of the drop zone.
Hughton told Canaries Player on Monday: “We’re in confident mood, but we won’t underestimate them.
“They’re a team that’s playing well at the moment, they’re at home, and we’ll need to give a good account of ourselves to get something.
“It’s about going into our game the way we have of late, showing our confidence, and trying to nullify the quality that they have got, but also play our own game.
“Southampton are the home team and they’re a team that have a lot of good offensive options. I saw them play on Sunday and they thoroughly deserved the victory they had.
“At home they create a wonderful atmosphere and are a team that’s playing with a lot of confidence at the moment. They’re on the back of a good win at Queens Park Rangers, and I think they took that into the game against Newcastle. It’ll be a tough one.”
The Manager may be without goalkeeper John Ruddy for the fixture, who was substituted late on against Everton with a thigh strain, as well defender Michael Turner, who missed out against the Toffees with a shoulder injury.
Hughton revealed: “We’re still waiting on John Ruddy. His thigh was sore enough that he had to come off, and we’re hoping that it’s not too bad.
“I think it’s one that he may have been able to continue with, but we weren’t in a position to take a chance with it.
“Whether he plays at Southampton will depend on the results of the scan. He’s very sore at the minute be we certainly wouldn’t want to rule anything out.
“There is a doubt on whether he will play. We certainly haven’t given up hope, but we have no worries about throwing Mark Bunn in at all.
“I think when we brought Mark in, the reason was because of the experience he has got. It has also allowed Jed Steer to go along to Cambridge and gain some experience.
“Michael Turner is still unfit. Hopefully he won’t be out for too long, but he certainly will be out for Wednesday and Sunday.
“It’s a shoulder problem, but the good news is that it’s not one that’s going to keep him out for a sustained period of time.
“It’s really just going to be about how comfortable he is with it, but at the moment it’s a bit sore. It will be a matter of weeks not months.”
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